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Recent Trends in the Economics of Copyright

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Recent Trends in the Economics of Copyright

9781847200457 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ruth Towse, Professor of Economics of Creative Industries, CIPPM, Bournemouth University and CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics, University of Glasgow, UK and Richard Watt, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 045 7 Extent: 336 pp
It is widely recognised that many copyright issues are also economic issues. As a result the level of interest in the economics of copyright continues to grow. This carefully edited book presents a selection of the most important recent contributions to a wide range of economic topics on copyright. These include the copyright term, infringement issues, administration of copyright, incentives to artists and open source. There is relevance here for a wide readership, from teachers and students of economics, law, cultural and media studies to practitioners and policymakers.

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It is widely recognised that many copyright issues are also economic issues. As a result the level of interest in the economics of copyright continues to grow. This carefully edited book presents a selection of the most important recent contributions to a wide range of economic topics on copyright. These include the copyright term, infringement issues, administration of copyright, incentives to artists and open source. There is relevance here for a wide readership, from teachers and students of economics, law, cultural and media studies to practitioners and policymakers.
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‘. . . a refreshingly up-to-date collection of materials, focusing on the economics of even such recent phenomena as open source, as well as on some of the more well-trodden paths such as copyright term and infringement.’
– IPKat.com
Contributors
14 articles, dating from 2002 to 2006
Contributors include: G. Akerlof, W. Baumol, W. Landes, J. Lerner, S. Liebowitz, S. Margolis, R. Posner, J. Tirole, M. Waldman
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Acknowledgements

General Introduction Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

PART I ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE COPYRIGHT TERM

Introduction to Part I
Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

1. George A. Akerlof, Kenneth J. Arrow, Timothy F. Bresnahan, James M. Buchanan, Ronald H. Coase, Linda R. Cohen, Milton Friedman, Jerry R. Green, Robert W. Hahn, Thomas W. Hazlett, C. Scott Hemphill, Robert E. Litan, Roger G. Noll, Richard Schmalensee, Steven Shavell, Hal R. Varian, and Richard J. Zeckhauser (2002), ‘Brief as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners’
2. Stan J. Liebowitz and Stephen Margolis (2005), ‘Seventeen Famous Economists Weigh in on Copyright: The Role of Theory, Empirics and Network Effects’
3. William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner (2003), ‘Indefinitely Renewable Copyright’

PART II ECONOMICS OF COPYING AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Introduction to Part II
Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

4. Justin P. Johnson and Michael Waldman (2005), ‘The Limits of Indirect Appropriability in Markets for Copiable Goods’
5. Martin Peitz and Patrick Waelbroeck (2006), ‘Piracy of Digital Products: A Critical Review of the Theoretical Literature’
6. Ivan P.L. Png (2006), ‘Copyright: A Plea for Empirical Research’
7. Michele Boldrin and David Levine (2002), ‘The Case Against Intellectual Property’

PART III ISSUES IN COPYRIGHT ADMINISTRATION

Introduction to Part III
Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

8. William J. Baumol (2004), ‘The Socially Desirable Size of Copyright Fees’
9. Arthur Snow and Richard Watt (2005), ‘Risk Sharing and the Distribution of Copyright Collective Income’
10. Fabrice Rochelandet (2003), ‘Are Copyright Collecting Societies Efficient Organisations? An Evaluation of Collective Administration of Copyright in Europe’

PART IV COPYRIGHT AND INCENTIVES TO ARTISTS

Introduction to Part IV
Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

11. Amit Gayer and Oz Shy (2006), ‘Publishers, Artists and Copyright Enforcement’
12. Ruth Towse (2006) ‘Copyright and Artists: A View From Cultural Economics’

PART V COPYRIGHT AND OPEN SOURCE

Introduction to Part V
Ruth Towse and Richard Watt

13. Josh Lerner and Jean Tirole (2005), ‘The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond’
14. Justin Pappas Johnson (2002), ‘Open Source Software: Private Provision of a Public Good’

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